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A Natural Approach to Stories

A Happier Way To Teach Languages

What Would Happen If You Stopped "Targeting" in Your Storytelling?

If you weren’t focusing on teaching certain words and phrases, what would you focus on? Have you struggled with storytelling? Could it be smoother without the pre-selected targets? Would your students learn enough? Why even consider it?

Ben Slavic and Tina Hargaden have ventured out from the TPRS story-creation process that served them well for many years to explore the possibilities of non-targeted input. They have discovered that letting go of pre-selected targets allows the teacher to focus on the words students want to know and the compelling characters they create. As a result, the kids acquire the language happily, and engagement skyrockets on both sides—for students and teacher.

Of course, you can’t just talk and hope that kids understand, and you can’t jump into creating stories without laying some groundwork. It would be chaos! A plan is needed. A Natural Approach to Stories tells you how to...

Set the stage for stories with The Classroom Rules, Student Jobs, Story Listening, and One-Word Images.

Create powerful stories using Student-Created Invisible Characters and the Seven-Level Questioning Sequence.

Get the most mileage from your class-created stories with a variety of reading options.
Assess to fulfill your school’s directives, in ways that are compatible with a comprehension-based approach.

You may recognize some ingredients of this approach. They include the solid foundational skills of TPRS, but this is a new recipe for storytelling: with joy, with ease, and without targets! Every teacher’s classroom is a different environment, usually one that comes with a heavy load of requirements. If you can set aside those rules and regulations for a little while and try non-targeted storytelling, tremendous gains in community building, student enthusiasm, and painless language acquisition await you.

©2017. English. 354 pages.

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"My student teacher and I are deep into the Invisibles now and WE LOVE THEM!! We love the awesome, creative characters and each unique story behind them! As suggested, I have an area – the “Gallery” - in my room dedicated to each of my five classes and each class wants to outdo the next!

The pictures intrigue the students and the stories have been so much better without a plan, and yet each story has consistently been a success! I think it's really clear to the students now that with the Invisibles it is their responsibility to come up with the story and if it's not interesting, it's on them."

Keri Biron

"I just finished reading A Natural Approach to Stories – the Invisibles, and am excited beyond words. There is so much in it that resonates with me, that intuitively I know is right. I've already begun to implement some of the more subtle ideas, with great success, in my classroom. Setting up the room and the classroom jobs as you describe will take a little more time, but I know it's the right thing for my students. I just love everything about this. It's student centered, fun, organic, community-building, and clearly leads to great gains in student proficiency. This is ground-breaking. Thank you for this wonderful gift!"

Anne Matava